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Scandals in cricket history?!! Well, these three words sounds uncanny. Don’t they?? They do. But, yes, this is something right saying. The cricket world also faces such perplexed natured scenarios that leaves one with an inquisitive mind. However, there lies a big difference between the cricket scandals that take place off-fields and those which take place on field. Among the on-field cricket scandals the related incidents include ball tampering, match fixing, political protests, drug scandals and such.


Next on Scandals in Cricket History, All these damage the fabric of the game, and places a distasteful picture to remember. Here, in this article, we bring to you  Biggest Scandals In Cricket History. So take a sneak peak and have fun browsing!!

Scandals in Cricket History

Shane Warne Positive Test For Banned Drug, 2003

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Shane Warne is one of the best leg spinner the world has ever produced. Besides his being a competitive cricketer, this Australian international cricketer has turned out a mischievous player in the world of cricket. He was banned from playing cricket for a year after he tested positive for a banned diuretic. In his defensive argument he stated that it was a pill his mother gave him for curing headache. However, later, he accepted that he took this fluid tablet to improve his appearance. And in the end he was guilty of taking this drug and was banned for one year from the cricket world.

Pakistan Ball Tampering, 2006

On August 20, 2006, on the fourth day of the test match between England and Pakistan at the Oval, the umpires pointed out that Pakistan team had been involved in ball tampering. Though, there is no video clipping of the incident, and it can be said that the umpires accused Pakistani players of this act. The umpires called for changing the ball and, also, awarded 5 extra runs to England. After tea break Team Pakistan refused to enter the field. This resulted into a 2 hours no play, after which the umpires declared England as the winning team.

 Bob Woolmer Death, 2007

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Bob Woolmer an international cricketer and a professional coach died in Jamaica, suddenly, few hours after Pakistan lost to Ireland in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Some say he died of heart attack while later the news declared that he was murdered. Although, a complete investigation was carried out for this but, till now, no one has ever been able to know about the murderer.

John the bookmaker controversy, 1994-1995

Two of the Australian Cricketers Shane Warne and Mark Waugh Gives pitch and weather report to an Indian Bookmaker named “John.” the Indian Bookie Offered Mark Waugh $4,000 for the information about pitch and weather. Mark Waugh also introduced him to Shane Warne and Bookie Give him also a Gift Pricing $5,000. when information revealed in press in 1998, both Mark Waugh and Shane Warne alongside with Australian Cricket Board were criticized for trying to cover-up the incident.
Shane Warne, who is known for his Short-Temper made a solo appearance later on with Romance Scandal with Liz Hurley many sex scandals.

 Pakistan Spot-Fixing Scandal 2010


Pakistan spot-fixing 2010 revolves around certain players who were convicted of this disgraceful act. Pakistani cricketers, Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Amir were being investigated by the Scotland Yard in London. The outcome of this investigation proved that these players have taken bribe from a bookmaker to under-perform, deliberately, in a Test Match of Lord’s Cricket Ground, London in 2010. After which Butt was banned for 10 years from, both, national and international cricket, Asif for 7 years and Amir for 5 years.

 Underarm Bowling, 1981

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Next on Scandals in Cricket History, This underarm bowling incident took place on February 1, 1981 when Benson & Hedges World Series Cup between Australia and New Zealand was being held at the Melbourne Cricket ground. New Zealand needed six runs of the final ball to tie the match. In order to prevent this from happening, the Australian captain Greg Chapell instructed the bowler, who happened to be his brother, to bowl underarm.  With this, it made impossible for the Kewis to score a six. Brian McKechnie, who was on the batting side, played the ball anyway, threw the bat and walked off the field in disgust. Though, this action of underarm bowling was legal at that time but was seen against the spirit of playing fair cricket.

Hansie Cronje Match fixing in  2000

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On 15 June 2000, South Africa’s Skipper Cronje released a statement, that revealed his contacts with bookmakers. 1996 in Kanpur Test which was the 3rd of the series, Muhammad Azharuddin introduced Mukesh Gupta (bookmaker) to Hansie Cronje. Gupta gave Cronje $30,000 to persuade the South Africans to lose wickets on the last day to lose the match. South Africa were already 127/5 chasing massive total of 460, Cronje was also out and spoke to no other players. “I had received money for doing nothing.” During the return tour, Cronje received $50,000 from Gupta for team information.

So out of these Scandals in Cricket History, which one most damaged the reputation of cricket. Do share your views in the comments section below.

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